THE SHIELD OF THE VALIANT. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1945. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-511 [512: blank], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in green and gold, fore-edge rough trimmed. First edition. A novel set in Sac Prairie between 1936 and 1941 of a banker's son who falls in love with a lovely and free-spirited girl from the "wrong side of the tracks," as well as of other characters who appear in Derleth's "Sac Prairie People" poems. "... there are enough exciting subplots to make it a first-rate TV soap opera." - Wilson. Wilson 551. Formerly E. Hoffmann Price's copy, with his gift inscription dated 4 December 1984 in remembrance of his friend, August Derleth, on the front free endpaper. A nearly fine copy in good dust jacket with wear at spine ends and corners and clipped price. (#164213).
First printing with Scribner seal and A on copyright page.